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Customs question - please help 

hkvanuk
hkvanuk
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Posted On: 8/30/2016
hkvanuk
hkvanuk
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I hope someone can answer this particular question for me.

Background - I have just received my COPR and will be going to Canada on holiday (booked ages ago).

I have the opportunity to 'land' as a PR but understand if I do this I will need to complete all the upfront declaration of goods and household contents.

My problem is that I don't actually know what we'll be taking with us when we eventually travel.

On another note my wife is a Canadian so would it be better for me to say I don't have anything and for her to declare it all as hers when we eventually relocate?
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Posted On: 9/1/2016
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Hello,


Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

You mentioned that you do not actually know what you will be bringing to Canada as yet.

It is generally suggested that you include what you can on your BSF186 - Personal Effects Accounting Document. You can find some additional information in our Settlement.Org I am immigrating to Canada. How do I bring my belongings with me? article.

According to some
Border Information Services (BIS) representatives, if the officer is not satisfied or convinced that it was to have originally been included on a Goods to Follow list, then you may be subject to the tax and duty.

You may have to explain to the officer this situation you have explained to us as to why it was not submitted.

If the officer is not satisfied, you will have to pay 13% tax and 9% duty on the used value.

In terms of your wife's exemptions, she may want to look at some specific information regarding what she is eligible to declare and bring.

She can find some detailed information on the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website in the Residents Returning to Canada
section.

It is important to note that some conditions apply. For example it states,


  • You cannot combine your personal exemptions with another person's or transfer them to someone else.



We suggest that it is best that you or your wife contact a Border Information Services (BIS) representative directly for some information on your specific situation.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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